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ERIC Number: EJ1116680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
ISSN: ISSN-1050-8406
Social Design Experiments: Toward Equity by Design
GutiƩrrez, Kris D.; Jurow, A. Susan
Journal of the Learning Sciences, v25 n4 p565-598 2016
In this article, we advance an approach to design research that is organized around a commitment to transforming the educational and social circumstances of members of non-dominant communities as a means of promoting social equity and learning. We refer to this approach as social design experimentation. The goals of social design experiments include the traditional aim of design experiments to create theoretically-grounded and practical educational interventions, the social agenda of ameliorating and redressing historical injustices, and the development of theories focused on the organization of equitable learning opportunities. To illustrate how we use social design methodology, we present two examples that strategically reorganized the sociohistorical practices of communities to expand learning as a key goal. We conclude with a discussion of the opportunities this approach creates for learning scientists to form effective research partnerships with community members, as well as the responsibilities it entails for creating a more just society.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California (Los Angeles)